They explained everything very clearly and are obviously very knowledgeable about all felt-related matters. If it wasn't so far from home we'd be going there very regularly!
We trapped marbles and beads in the wool and tied them with cotton.
Then we stitched wiggly lines all over the fabric.
Next we soaked the whole thing in soapy water to shrink it and firm it all up.
After a yummy lunch we coloured the piece with dyes. This bit was especially good fun!
After steaming, rinsing, drying and popping out the marbles, this is how Kirsty's piece looked.
Finally we removed the visible stitches and either stuffed the marble holes with wool
or turned them into cups.
Here's Kirsty's finished piece...
...and here's mine - although I'm still planning to stitch some beads onto it.
After that we had a wander around the steading and its lovely location.
Kirsty and I enjoyed a fabulous treat - 4 days away by ourselves, staying in an excellent b&b, Woodside of Belivat, a few miles from Nairn. It was more like a 4 star hotel than a b&b - can't recommend it highly enough! We went for long walks, visited Cawdor Castle and several crafty shops and galleries, and ate lots of pizza!
Here's a pic of the b&b.